Suicidal person rescued at Elitch Gardens

Posted | Contributed by J.

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park was closed Monday after a person entered the park and got up to the top of the Sidewinder roller coaster. Negotiations took place and the person was eventually brought back down to the ground.

See the video from KUSA/Denver.

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Pretty crazy video, they distracted him and came up from behind and got him in the bucket lift. The park was able to open at 3.

Dave Dragon, go Dave Dragon, and the Star Force Five!

I don't understand why an entire theme park/water park would need to be closed for this. A portion sure, but the entire park?

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sws's avatar

"Negotiations took place and the person was eventually brought back down to the ground."

Some enthusiasts will go to extreme measures to get their home parks to build new rides.

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egieszl said:

I don't understand why an entire theme park/water park would need to be closed for this. A portion sure, but the entire park?

Probably because the guy got in there before the park opened. Why open the park and set up temporary barricades inside the park when you have a ready made barricade at the gate?

James Whitmore's avatar

If they would have opened (even with barricades in the area) and the guy jumped, that would have been a PR disaster. Playing it safe sounds like a good plan.

Jeff's avatar

That, and you don't want to give the guy an audience. If you could see him from outside the park, as the news truck did, I can imagine it wouldn't be hard from inside.

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Sws, wwwooowww...there are no words.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

rollergator's avatar

The park doesn't want any guests witnessing it if he decided to go...

...and considering the ride location, there's almost no place in the park where you wouldn't have a good (bad) view.

I think they did the appropriate thing by keeping people outside the gates.

If this was a Six Flags park they could have sold fast passes for the jump. But, a capacity of 1 every who knows how often would be pushing the limits for them of wanting to make a fast buck.

LostKause's avatar

Yeah, Suicide is a joking matter...


How surreal it would have been if the rides around the jumper were open during the standoff

I remember, a couple of years ago, when the remains of a suicide jumper were found in the woods at (I believe) SFGa. A number of C'Buzzers, self included, made jokes about the incident and found all kinds of humor in it. Then it turned out that the victim was identified; it was a woman, a schoolteacher (again, I think I recall) who had gone missing something like a year before, and who in despondency had ended her life. Suddenly it wasn't funny, somehow, when it became a real person killing herself. And you know, I still feel kind of bad about my participating in joking about it.

Speaking as someone who's contended with serious depression in recent years--to the point, yes, of planning my own suicide not that long ago, I no longer find this kind of humor entertaining. Suicide isn't funny. It's a terrible thing, an enormity of pain and suffering that destroys not one life but many when it happens.

I'm glad this person was saved from this dreadful act, and may yet live to regain hope.

HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

Mature, well-thought out, and empathetic post. What has happened to CoasterBuzz?

No matter what, there is never a reason to end your own life. I hope the guy recieves the mental and emotional help that he needs to get through this.


I agree there is never a good enough reason to end your own life. But, I also see it's okay to make immature, well thought out posts involving other peoples disabilities here on coasterbuzz. But making light out of suicide attempt that wasn't successful is taboo, and immature. Glad I know the posting rules now.I

Carrie J.'s avatar

Let's not get too dramatic, CF. Mike was just offering another perspective and providing the reality check that we all need from time to time when our antics get a little out of hand. There's in no way an indication that these jokes are any less appropriate than others.

I'm never really a fan of making jokes at the expense of another person. It's all fun and games when everyone's in on the joke and laughing along, but lately there have been a lot of one-sided slams and jokes going on. And I don't think that's cool.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

LostKause's avatar

When the disability is "CoasterBuzz Trolling Disorder", then yes, it is fair game to make fun of.

Which leads me to this question; is being stupid a disability?


I have felt the sting of depression a few times in my life as well. I found a way to get rid of it, and nowadays, I am better than I ever have been. I decided to fix it the moment I began to plan my suicide. I was thinking about how to do it, and then it hit me... "WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING?" It was pretty scary.

My solution was to read a few books and study solutions to improve my life. It might not be that easy for someone else. Someone I know ended up signing herself into a mental hospital to fix her suicidal thoughts. The Doctors figured out what was wrong and offered a much better solution then suicide. That really worked for her, but everyone is different. Your mileage may very.

I feel bad for this guy who wanted to dive off of a coaster and end his life. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and is never the right choice. Give life a chance to get better, and fight for your life - not against it.

LostKause's avatar

I want to ask, Corkscrew Follies, what exactly are you talking about? I don't think anyone here has done what you are implying. Jeff wouldn't allow it, and neither would the people who post here.

sws's avatar

I apologize if I offended anyone. That was never my intent. I am sorry if I may have crossed over a line. I modified my post so as not to single out anyone.

Sws, I think my jaw hit the floor when I read the original post! I'm glad you changed it...Actually, I like it a million times more with the new wording.

It IS sad that this person tried to end their life, and I too hope they find the help they need. I'm a fan of sick and twisted humor, even some suicide jokes, but I also know all too well how this person was feeling. When it gets to the point where you no longer believe anyone would care if you were in this world and it feels like there is nothing but pain in your life...well, some people are lucky enough to get help or to pull through their dark times on their own. I hope this person is that fortunate.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

If I offended anybody by my post I apologize sincerely.

LK depression has been a friend of mine for the last 15 yrs., and when I say friend I mean it. I lost my 7yr. old son to a drunk driver, I've ben through rehab twice, plus two marriages because of the loss of our son for one and then my substance abuse for another. Did I ever think about taking my life in all that time? Absolutely not. Have I thought about what I would like to do to the dirtbag that killed my son? Everyday.

I am not going to edit my post, or even delete it. I wrote it so I'll live by it.

LK, what I said happens all the time in these forums in little boys and pieces. But, you will hear no more from on this subject.

Again, to the CBuzz community I apologize.

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